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Forum topic by bdresch posted 10-01-2015 03:24 PM 8639 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-01-2015 03:24 PM

I am making a stool that includes several angled thru tennons. I started by hand cutting the mortises. Now I want to transfer the angle of those mortises to cut the tenon shoulders. Does anyone know of a small bevel gauge with a blade less than 3/4”? Otherwise I’m not totally sure how I am going to transfer those angles. The mortises are 3/4” square.

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#1 posted 10-01-2015 03:45 PM

Stick a piece of 3/4” square stock in the mortise and use that as the reference for adjusting your bevel gauge or scribe along the leg onto the stock to determine the proper angle.

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#2 posted 10-01-2015 03:48 PM

What he said.
But how did you cut the mortises without knowing the angle?

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#3 posted 10-01-2015 04:11 PM

This was my first time doing angled M & T, so bear with me. I used my drill press with the table tilted to bore out most of the waste. I had to cut 3 in a row, but my drill press didnt have enough throat depth to get them all in 1 setup, so the holes werent perfectly in line (screwed up a bit on my second setup). Because the holes werent in line, I had to open them up a bit to correct that when i finished them by hand. Now they are in line, but the angle is slightly different from where I started.

I’ll try mill up a piece of stock to measure. If I ever do this again, I’ll cut a piece of stock at my angle to support the workpiece instead of tilting the table. Lesson learned.

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#4 posted 10-01-2015 05:14 PM

If your drill press is still set up with the drill angle,take a piece of scrap drill a hole,stick a dowel in it and you have a fixed bevel gauge,with the exact angle.

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#5 posted 10-01-2015 06:04 PM

Drill press has long been changed. This is one of those projects that has lingered on for months.

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